Dapto Reunited are savouring the sweetest of three consecutive premierships after beating fierce rivals Vipers 47-46 in Saturday's Illawarra Premier League grand final.
Reunited have been the dominant force in the league over the past three years but were slight underdogs going into the match having lost the major semi-final to Vipers two weeks ago.
"We're celebrating big time this year because it was a harder win than what we've had before," coach Jackie Johnson said.
"We knew we could do it and it was really tight.
"It was the best grand final we've ever had. The standard of the netball was just so good."
Despite an injury-riddled year, Reunited was at full-strength for the first time with star shooter Leah Shoard returning from the trans-Tasman Netball League to play a key role.
"We've had a terrible season this year with injury," Johnson said.
"So many of our main players were out injured. We didn't have our main shooter in the major semi-final, Leah Shoard was playing in the national grand final that weekend, so we were quite happy to only go down by one."
It was a close contest befitting a grand final with the match only decided in dying stages.
"It came down to the last few seconds. With a minute to go we were three up and then they came back but we had the ball at the end and made sure we didn't lose possession.
"I couldn't say there was one star. Every player on that court played brilliantly. It was a full team combination and our two defenders Skye Hughes and Elise Edney were absolutely brilliant.
"They were defending Michelle Reagan, who stands two or three inches taller than them, so to stop her getting the ball was a feat in itself."
Despite completing a hat-trick of titles, Johnson said talk of four in a row is premature.